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NCAA Finds Major Violations In Sooners Basketball

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NORMAN, OK (AP)  The NCAA has put Oklahoma on three years of probation and issued a $15,000 fine for major violations in its men’s basketball program.

The Division I infractions committee also vacated all 13 wins from Oklahoma’s 2009-10 season, took away a scholarship and limited recruiting efforts.

Most of the penalties had been proposed by the school, which said former assistant Oronde Taliaferro broke NCAA rules by failing to report that a player had received an impermissible extra benefit and by lying to investigators.

The violations occurred while the Sooners were still on probation for major rules violations involving recruiting phone calls by former coach Kelvin Sampson and football players being paid for work they weren’t doing at a Norman car dealership.

Under NCAA bylaws, a “repeat violator” can face a minimum of having the sport dropped for one or two seasons.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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